Some skeptics may claim that the sour "Solo" box office points to Star Wars fatigue, but the true test of that won't come for almost 19 months, when J.J. Abrams's "Star Wars: Episode IX", the final installment of Disney's first main trilogy, opens right before Christmas. Yet one of its most lucrative franchises is still a flop in the world's second-biggest cinema market.
"There's a ton of momentum in the box office", Dave Hollis, president of domestic distribution at Disney, said of the trio of recent openings - "Solo", "Avengers: Infinity War", and "Deadpool 2".
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But the cause of the spinoff's disappointing performance may have had as much to do with "Star Wars" fatigue ("The Last Jedi" exited theaters just last month) and the stiffer competition of a summer holiday weekend. "Maybe it's cultural differences or something; in general it doesn't suit my taste". Combined with its three-day domestic total of US$16.5 million, Disney and Marvel's blockbuster global weekend total nears US$49 million.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrived to US$220 million in December. The film also brought in 65 million dollars internationally, pushing its cume to 148.3 million dollars worldwide for the 3-days this weekend, according to studio figures collected by comScore. However, the second anthology film falls far short of monetary expectations in its opening weekend. Down 44%, Infinity War has brought in $621.6 million domestically. It was also the subject of a 1997 video game, with the critically derided Star Wars: Masters of Teras Kasi seeing the likes of Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, and more go one-on-one in an underwhelming fighting game. The title centered on the life and career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made $1.5 million on just 415 screens over the four-day weekend. This gives the remake of the 1987 comedy a four-week total of $41.5 million which is, sadly, nearly twice as much as the original made when it was first released. Meanwhile, the year-to-date box office continues its positive trajectory with 7.6 percent.